University of Food Technology
26 Maritsa blvd.
Department of Wine & Beer Technology
Assoc.Prof. PhD Maria Kaneva
Department of Wine & Beer Technology to the University of Food Technology - Plovdiv
The Department Technology of Wine and Beer is accredited to teach students in the three high education degrees - bachelor and master in the fields of "Technology of Wine and Beer" and "Technology of Fermentation Products" (the second one with French); as well as Doctoral program "Technology of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages". For more than sixty years, the department has been preparing technologically oriented staff for significant sectors in the food industry, such as soft drinks, beer, wine and spirit drinks. The specialties in which the students are trained in the department are some of the most desired in UFT - Plovdiv. A great number of graduates have found their professional realization and have contributed to the development of the non-alcoholic industry in Bulgaria. The first chairman of the Bulgarian Soft Drinks Association - Mr. Milcho Boshev, is UFT alumnus. A number of our students are currently working in companies in the branch - A & D Commercial, BK Gorna Bania, Devin, Coca-Cola HBC Bulgaria, Quadrant Beverages Bulgaria, New Trade, Hissar Milenium and others.
The team of the department has always strived to maintain a high quality of training, which is a prerequisite for the successful realization of the young specialists. The professional development of the teaching staff, the renewal of the training material and the material and technical facilities, the close cooperation with the enterprises and the branch organizations are the basis of the good training. In the recent years young colleagues, who successfully passed the training in the third degree of doctoral studies, joined the team of the department. The number of associates has also increased. One of the lecturers defended a dissertation thesis to acquire the scientific degree "Doctor of Science".
The department is active in research and innovation. It works on research projects with international and national funding at the "Science Fund" of the Ministry of Education and Science, as well as those funded by the Science Fund at UFT. The team of the Department is involved in the development of research, applied, expert and consulting topics and projects in cooperation with various different branches enterprises. Active participation in the research work is done by PhD students and a number of students, who have been trained in Bachelor and Master's degrees. Over the last five years, the department's lecturers have published fourteen textbooks and teaching materials.
The Department Technology of Wine and Beverage has been working closely with the Bulgarian Soft Drinks Association since its establishing. The founder of the course "Technology of Soft Drinks" - Assoc. Prof. Georgi Vladimirov is a longtime consultant to the Association and to a number of companies in the branch. The teaching activities in this field and the contacts with the Association and the branch continue with Asoc.Prof. Maria Kaneva. Since 2008, an agreement for mutual cooperation between BSDA and UHT - Plovdiv and in particular the Department of Wine and Beverage Technology has been concluded. During these years, ten of the students trained in the subject of "Wine and Beverage Technology" were scholars of the Association. After graduating, eight of them they started working in the specialty, mainly in enterprises in the branch. Two students have won an Academy Award for Best Diploma Project. The Association assists the department in conducting practical training in various companies - producers of soft drinks, with sponsorship, etc.
As a result of the joint activity between the Association and the Department, as well as the laboratory of UFT, headed by Prof. Albert Krastanov, a study of caffeine content in the marketed energy and "cola" drinks was carried out. The work on the project was realized with the active participation of students with qualification "Technology of Wine and Beer". The study covered 36 "cola" drinks and 46 energy drinks. This is the first study of a kind, concerning soft drinks marketed in Bulgaria and providing objective information about the amount of caffeine that is taken with a certain amount of "cola" drink. The information is of interest to consumers, beverage manufacturers, scientific and educational institutions, nutritionists.